LARRY LEVY NAMED VICE PRESIDENT, THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION, VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES, February 3, 2009 – Vivendi Entertainment has named Larry Levy to the role of Vice President and Head of Theatrical Distribution, Vivendi Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Tom O’Malley, President, Vivendi Entertainment, to whom Levy will report.
Levy will be responsible for all aspects of theatrical distribution for Vivendi Entertainment. The company, one of the most sought-after independent home entertainment distributors, last year expanded into theatrical distribution. Since then, VE has been recognized by the industry as an important newcomer. The company’s next release is New York, I Love You, the latest in the “Cities of Love” series kicked off by Paris Je T’aime last year. New York, I Love You boasts an A-list cast including Hayden Christense n, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie and James Caan to name just a few. On deck for later this year is Tennessee from producer Lee Daniels (Push, Monster’s Ball, The Woodsman) and starring Mariah Carey. Also coming up in 2009 is Boogie Town, a dance film helmed by Chris Stokes (You Got Served), starring R&B star Marques Houston.
“Larry is a great addition to VE team,” stated O’Malley. “He brings an impressive breadth of knowledge and experience to the company, having succeeded as both a film distributor and a buyer. His exceptional talent, insight and solid ties to the exhibition community will help further drive our success and garner maximum exposure for VE’s upcoming slate of theatrical releases nationwide.”
“I appreciate the confidence and support that Tom has given me to drive our theatrical distribution efforts,” added Levy. “And I cannot wait to hit the ground running.”
With over 30 years of experience in theatrical distribution and exhibition, Levy has worked for various studios including Universal, Warner, Buena Vista, Pacific Theatres, General Cinema and most recently, New Line Cinema. Levy worked at New Line Cinema for 15 years as Senior Vice President and key strategist for the regional distribution of the company’s line-up of high profile films including the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Wedding Crashers, Hairspray, the Austin Powers movies, The Player and Shine. Prior to New Line, Levy worked for General Cinema as Senior Vice President and Head Film Buyer for the Western Division for 10 years.
Levy graduated with a BA from the University Of California.
About Vivendi Entertainment
Vivendi Entertainment is a full service domestic film distribution company representing a vast range of genres including action, comedy, thriller, urban, family, fitness and stand-up comedies. Vivendi has been a favorite choice of independent content providers. Vivendi has built an extensive catalog of over 1,500 titles and its customer-centric business model was founded on the principles of collaboration and financial transparency.